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It was 3am when the alarm went off as I fought the urge to go back to sleep as I had only manage to get a couple of hours of tossing and turning. As pulled myself out of the bed the excitement slowly triggered and a pot of coffee was essential to keeping me awake for the journey.
About 30 minutes later, Raimy my brother arrived to fetch me and we loaded all the gear at the back of his pick-up. We had one stop before we could proceed to Gua Musang which was to fetch my friend Syiaful in Kuala Lumpur. Initially there were supposed to be four climbers, however due to some unforeseen circumstances, it would just be the three of us.
Nanyang Wall is one of the many rock climbing spots situated around Batu Caves, it is located very close to the main road which makes it more accessible in comparison to the other walls in the Batu Caves area. Nanyang wall is strategically located near a commercial area with ample parking spaces as well as restaurants and convenient shops.
Since starting climbing ever so frequently, I decided that the first piece of equipment that I would need would be rock climbing shoes. After climbing for a few months I was sick of renting from the climbing gym which were not only pricey, but they smelled liked Danish rotten cheese and to top it off had holes in some of them.
Upon entering the climbing gym for the first time I had no idea that the sport would grow on me so quickly, it has somehow become a regular activity in my life. Initially I was introduced to climbing through a good friend who has been climbing for a couple of years now and had been pushing me to come and try it out, as I had previously tried bouldering many years ago, I was not entirely new to the idea of rock climbing. What made it rock climbing so interesting and drove my passion was the sense of accomplishment at the end of a route. As most sports activity there are certain equipment or attire that is required, and for rock climbing the essentials are shoes, harness, chalk bag, carabiner and a belay device.
I have rented many different brands and models of harnesses however I was always comfortable withe Black Diamond and of course it was almost a no brainier for me to go with Black Diamond climbing equipment for my first purchase. I decided to photograph each of newly invested gear in low-key photography.
Batu Caves is a large limestone outcrop famous for its temple which draws in thousands of Hindu devotees every year. The main attraction is its 272 steps leading up to the main temple which is situated 100 meters above the ground and inside a large cave. However what I came to know only recently is that Batu Caves is also a hot spot for a very different sort of activity. What I’m referring to is rock climbing the limestone and granite walls of the mountain. In total Batu Caves has 8 different crags and a total of 170 routes.